Additional Certification for EL/Bilingual Teachers

The ACE initiative is an affordable course of study for current Delaware teachers to earn an additional certification in as a Teacher of English Learners or a Bilingual Teacher. The 5 courses required by the Delaware Department of Education are offered by University of Delaware faculty through a collaboration between the UD College of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Language Institute.

The 2021/2022 cohort is now accepting new applicants from all Delaware districts and charters. Please complete this form to express interest. Classes start Fall 2021.

ACE participants take the 5 classes required for EL/Bilingual Teacher certification in Delaware:

  • EDUC 672 – Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 740 – Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
  • LING 699 – Issues in Teaching ELs: Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
  • LING 677 – The Structure of English
  • LLCU 624 – Second Language Testing

All courses are three credits. Courses will be available fully online at least until Fall 2022. The program takes approximately 15 months to complete.

The Delaware Department of Education also requires a passing score of 149 on the Praxis II ESOL test (5362) for certification as a Teacher of English Learners. Bilingual teachers do not need to take Praxis but must also demonstrate proficiency in their non-English language and must hold another subject or area certification.

Several sources of funding may be available to substantially reduce the cost of tuition. For more information, please see our FAQ page.

In addition, it is possible to apply the 5 ACE courses towards UD’s MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (subject to admission requirements).

For more information, please contact us.


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